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Updated to Q4 2018
Some maleic anhydride (MA) producers in Asia were focussed on catering to domestic demand in their respective markets during the quarter. As a result, they were not keen to export cargoes into southeast Asia. Additionally, a few producers were diverting their cargoes to Europe, the US and Middle East – where netbacks are better compared with Asia. There was no scheduled maintenance during the quarter. As such, supply was largely stable.
Demand from downstream unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) was weak during the quarter. Consequently, some buyers were not keen to stockpile cargoes amid softer MA prices arising from a slide in feedstock butane prices. Typically, butane prices are firmer in the fourth quarter due to a surge in demand during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. This year, prices were softer month-on-month amid volatility in crude oil values. This prompted buyers to procure on a need-to basis.
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Maleic anhydride (MA) is derived from butane in the US. In Europe and Asia, MA is derived predominantly from butane units, although a small amount is produced by benzene units.
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